Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Book Notes: Miles Davis, Biography and Autobiography


As part of my recent Miles Davis binge, I bought two books about the musician. Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography, by Ian Carr (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) and Miles: The Autobiography (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). Both of these books give great insight into Miles’ career, and his music. Ian Carr’s biography is clearly that of a fan. […]


Essential Music: Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way


Miles Davis’ career spanned nearly five decades, and he was the engine for much change in jazz. From the early be-bop days through his later fusion, Miles covered just about every type of jazz (with the exception of that abomination called “smooth jazz”). From the early records on Prestige, through the seminal Kind of Blue […]

New Release: Miles Davis, The Original Mono Recordings


I spotted a recent release that will interest many jazz fans: a 9-CD set of the original mono recordings of Miles Davis on Columbia Records. It contains the following albums: ‘Round About Midnight Miles Ahead Milestones Jazz Track Porgy And Bess Kind Of Blue Sketches Of Spain Someday My Prince Will Come Miles And Monk […]

Essential Music: Bill Evans Live in 1980


Bill Evans may have been the greatest jazz pianist ever, but his life was, unfortunately, too short. Born in 1929, he died on September 15, 1980, of a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis and pneumonia. A drug addict for much of his career – he had periods where he was hooked on heroin, and others on cocaine […]

Album Notes: Brad Mehldau, Live in Marciac


Buy from Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon FR I’ve been a fan of Brad Mehldau’s music for many years now, and own all of his releases (as main performer, not as sideman). I think he’s an extremely innovative pianist, and I especially like his work with his trio. This new album, recorded live at […]

Music Review: Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo


Live in Tokyo
Brad Mehldau
Nonesuch, 2004

Buy from
| Amazon UK
| Amazon FR
| iTunes

About a year ago, a friend turned my on to Brad Mehldau. We had been corresponding by e-mail, talking about music, and I mentioned that I was a big Bill Evans fan. The friend mentioned Mehldau, suggesting that I look into one of his Art of the Trio albums. I did. I was hooked.

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